"Saturday Night Live" looked like a different show compared with the last live episode we saw a month ago, pre-Olympics.
In the Feb. 1 episode, Andy Samberg, Amy Poehler,
That’s not a bad thing. Instead of relying on lots of recurring sketches or the news that’s built up since the show last aired, “SNL,” helmed by
Take, for instance, Aidy Bryant as "Tonkerbell," Tinkerbell's half-sister who talks like … well, it's hard to describe exactly what she talks like, but she says things like "My dad is a housefly.…He did trick my mom and that's whassup," or, whenever she proves someone wrong, "You just got Tonked." The sketch teetered into an uncomfortable territory as Tonkerbell talked about her attraction to a 9-year-old Lost Boy whom she thought was 22 ("That's a damn, then"), but that added an unpredictability to the sketch. Besides, we all know what it's like to feel like we're fairies who just ate our way out of a human-sized hamburger, right?
If Tonkerbell wasn't weird enough for you, there was "The Bird Bible," a commercial for a "cool" children's Bible that's illustrated with photos of birds instead of the characters from biblical stories. A bizarre premise, boosted by Kate McKinnon's scary dead-eyed mother stare ("The birds make it seem more real"), made it into the sketch that a viewer would either love or hate, depending on his or her preference for "random" humor.
The episode did feature a few timely sketches in honor of the
The Oscars also got their due during a bit about casting "12 Years a Slave," wherein white actors were encouraged to improv and let loose during their auditions, but they were reluctant to read the racist dialogue, especially with cameraman Jay Pharoah in the room. It was a clever way to send up a very serious movie, but it also felt like previously trodden ground for "SNL"; the Feb. 1 episode also featured a video that played up white guilt for laughs. (Not that it isn't funny, but it would be good to explore new territory.)
How did Colin Jost do on "Update"? After Jimmy Fallon, Amy Poehler, Seth Meyers and Cecily Strong at the desk, it’s been awhile since the show featured someone hosting the news segment who was not already a familiar face on the show (about thirteen years, to be precise, since Tina Fey stepped from the writers’ room to the desk.) After a sincere on-camera welcome from Strong, Jost settled into the role, with arguably his best jokes being that Piers Morgan is slowly morphing into a potato (with a photo to prove it) and that
It will take awhile before the viewers start to figure out Jost's tone and sense of humor, but eventually he and Strong will be the old guard moving on to greener pastures (when Jost inevitably replaces Seth Meyers who will replace Jimmy Fallon who will go join Jay Leno in classic car retirement heaven.) After all, many years ago, musical guest Beck was just the guy who did that song "Loser" and now he's appeared on the show seven times and is considered by many to be a musical genius. Plus, he barely ages:
“SNL” returns live next week with